20th October 2015

15 SOUTH ASIAN LIBERAL MP’S ELECTED IN ONTARIO, RATHIKA LOST

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It’s been raining South Asian MPs as 15 of them from the Liberal Party got elected on Monday. As The VOICE reported back in August, South Asian candidates who ran for the Conservative Party, the NDP and the Liberal Party in Ontario came from diverse backgrounds – and from every corner of the world and included Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus and Christians. But above all things, they were highly qualified professionally and experience-wise in their respective fields. There were 16 South Asian candidates running as Liberals – and ALL BUT ONE won. There were 12 who ran as New Democrats (they included Martin Singh who is a Caucasian Sikh married to a South Asian Sikh) and 10 as Conservatives. All three South Asian MPs – Conservative Bal Gosal […]

Gary Anandasangaree elected to Canadian Parliament as the Liberal Party MP of Scarborough – Rouge Park

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A 43 year old lawyer Sri Lankan Tamil origin has been elected as a Canadian member of Parliament from the Liberal party at the 42nd Canadian general elections held on October 19th 2015. He is none other than the son of veteran Sri Lankan Tamil politician Veerasingham Anandasangaree leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front(TULF) who was formerly MP for Kilinochchi electorate and Jaffna electoral district. Anandasangaree’s second son Sathiyasangaree Anandasangaree known as Gary Anandasangaree was elected from the newly created Scarborough – Rouge park constituency polling 28, 471 votes. The constituency termed “riding” in Canada is in the Ontario province of Canada. Canada’s first ever Federal MP of Sri Lankan Tamil origin Radhika Sitsabaiesan lost her seat in the adjoining Scarborough North constituency. She […]

CA allows to record Army Chief’s, MI’s statements

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The Court of Appeal today issued an order directing the Homagama Magistrate to summon Army Commander A.W.J.C. de Silva and the Director of Military Intelligence Corps and other officers to inquire and record evidence in respect of the ongoing inquiry into the disappearance of veteran journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. The Bench comprising Justices Vijith K. Malalgoda (President) and H.C.J. Madawala issued this order pursuant to a motion filed on behalf of Ekneligoda’s wife. Court also granted permission to include these army officers as added respondents in the Habeas Corpus writ application and issued notice on them returnable for October 30. The motion states that the petitioners are reliably informed of several developments in the matter that have a direct bearing and connection to this application. It […]

Govt. hopeful EU will lift ban on SL fish exports before year end

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By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday said that he was hopeful that the European Union (EU) would, before the year end, lift the ban on Sri Lanka fish exports, imposed in January this year. Amaraweera told The Island that the government had taken action to ensure that the fishermen complied with all the conditions laid down by the EU. The government was eagerly awaiting the European Union’s assessment of Lankan crackdown on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, said the minister. The EU had laid down 57 conditions and the Fisheries Ministry had ensured that all of them would be met, he added. “I took up the issue with EU officials during a recent visit to Spain. I also briefed them on how Sri […]

No difference between Sirisena regime and its predecessor

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The incumbent government is moving in the same direction as Mahinda Rajapaksa regime and employing the very same oppressive methods to silence the voice of the people, the Inter University Students’ Federation says. In a statement signed by its Convener Lahiru Weeraskera, the IUSF says that visuals of Rathupaswala people being mercilessly attacked and shot when they took to the streets demanding drinking water were used by Maithripala Sirisena at the last presidential polls and by the UNP at the general elections to gain political mileage. “They promised people that there would be no repetitions of such suppressive measures. However, after coming to power the government has resorted to very same methods. What happened at Bandagiriya in Hambantota last week was a case in point.” […]

Demands for bribes made Sri Lanka lose investments under former regime

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka lost important foreign investments because of demands for bribes by officials linked to senior figures of the former Rajapaksa regime, the head of the investment promotion agency said. “One investor said ‘adios’ when an upfront bribe was demanded for 25 million dollars,” said Upul Jayasuriya, chairman of the Board of Investment. He said a “very respected senior architect” had described the demand for the bribe from the investor who came to Sri Lanka to put up a mixed developed project valued at several hundred million dollars in the Jawatte area of Colombo. “There was the son of a VIP and the son of a VVIP – you have to get through these two officers,” he said. “We have brought an end […]

MYTH AND TRUTH OF GENEVA RESOLUTION

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MYTH AND TRUTH OF GENEVA RESOLUTION By Udaya P. Gammanpila Ehelepola was Maha Adhikaram (Prime Minister) of Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe who was the last king of Sri Lanka. His seven-year-old son Madduma Bandara, is considered a child hero. He never risked his life in defence of the nation. At least, he has not helped a needy person risking his life. Although liberation struggles of 1818 and 1848 have produced a lot of child heroes, none of them is known as heroes. Madduma Bandara who asked the executioner to cut his head off due to the lack of understanding is considered a hero. Who portrayed Madduma Bandara as a hero? Liberation struggles In response to liberation struggles, the British launched a tactful plan to eradicate liberation […]

Rajapaksa Government Put Country In A Mess – Nalinda Jayatissa

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The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is of the view that the latest UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution is an opening for the US to intervene in the country’s internal affairs and the government should therefore not give them the opportunity to do so by agreeing to their proposals on their terms. During the last parliamentary sessions, the JVP also directed heavy criticism at the judiciary of the country and the Attorney General’s Department for its continued inefficiency and lack of independence even under the new government. In an interview with The Sunday Leader, JVP MP Nalinda Jayatissa stressed on the need to appoint independent commissions without further delay. Following are excerpts of the interview: by Waruni Karunarathne Q:  The country is awaiting the debate in parliament […]

Solheim, Vidar reveal all in book out on Nov. 2

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Former Norwegian Development Minister and Special Envoy to Sri Lanka Erik Solheim and Vidar Helgesen, the former Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister, now Minister for Europe will reveal information related to the Norwegian role in Sri Lanka. Solheim and Vidar Helgesen are two of the key contributors to the book, authored by Mark Salter. The author of the book notes that between 1983 and 2009 Sri Lanka was host to a bitter civil war fought between the Government and the LTTE, which sought the creation of an independent Tamil state. The war ended violently in May 2009 with the crushing defeat of the Tamil Tigers by the Sri Lanka Army amid the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians. But prior to this grim finale, for […]